M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering
The Department of Civil Engineering at LAU offers a comprehensive program leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) with one of three emphases: (i) Infrastructure and Construction Management; (ii) Environmental Science, Engineering and Management; or (iii) Engineering Mechanics. The CEE Program aims at attracting qualified students to pursue graduate studies. The program provides graduate students with a sound professional and academic training in civil engineering, giving them access to a variety of courses in their area of study, as well as the opportunity to conduct research, thus combining the theoretical and the applied aspects of civil engineering.
The program is designed to stimulate independent thinking and the acquisition of knowledge, as well as the application of acquired knowledge and skills to the solution of practical engineering problems. The program provides an in-depth experience with one or more particular fields of Civil Engineering, while simultaneously exposing the student to cross-disciplinary issues and topics that affect the engineering and management of systems.
Flexibility is a key benefit of this program as it allows students to plan their degree in line with their long-term career goals, and to be consistent with any professional experience and prior training they may have.
The mission of the graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering at LAU is to provide students with a well-rounded set of career skills that empowers them to address a wide range of problems through exposure to an advanced body of knowledge and scholarly endeavors.
Program Educational Objectives
The purpose of the Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering is to:
- Train students to develop the methodology and necessary skills to explore emerging issues in engineering and science.
- Provide students with an advanced background and a focused body of knowledge required for the present day professional practice in their chosen field of study, and to prepare them to adapt to a changing profession.
- Train the students in an active research environment, to equip them with the latest tools of research, and to prepare them for further study toward a Doctoral Degree.
Graduates of the M.S. - CEE programs will be able to:
- Reinforce skills developed in the undergraduate program.
- Use advanced analytical, computational, and/or experimental aspects of civil engineering.
- Make critical judgments based on a sound knowledge base.
- Conduct research and appreciate its importance in the evolution of civil engineering.
The course work for the M.S. - CEE can be grouped into the following three concentrations or emphasis areas:
- INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT:
This is designed to prepare the graduates to meet the challenges of planning, financing, designing, building and managing public and private infrastructure under growing technical, financial, social and environmental constraints.
- ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT:
This is designed to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of sustainable development and natural resources management while protecting the environment.
- ENGINEERING MECHANICS:
This is designed to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of designing technically efficient, cost-effective, and state-of-the-art facilities that are responsive to natural hazards and economic constraints.
Applicants for admissions to this program must have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, or a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, from a recognized university, with a minimum general Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent to 2.75, on a 4-point scale, or 2.75 in the Major.
The GRE general exam is required of all applicants (GRE subject exams are not required). All applicants must submit scores for the GRE general exam (quantitative reasoning and analytical writing scores). Applicants for admissions to this program must have minimum GRE Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing scores of 75% below or more. GRE test scores that are more than 5 years old will not be accepted.
The admissions committee considers several factors when making admission decisions: the applicant’s academic performance at prior institutions (grades, rankings, and GPAs) and the applicant’s GRE test score. The rate of graduate assistantship (GA), when requested, is directly related to the applicant’s GPA and GRE scores. Letters of recommendation are optional; however, three letters are recommended, two of which to be completed by faculty who are familiar with the applicant’s academic performance.
Students are required to complete 30 credits for graduation. All students are required to complete a six-credit thesis and CIE 798 / Research Methods. The remaining credits must be completed according to the course requirements in each concentration or emphasis area, as specified below. The breadth requirements consist of six courses (18 credit hours) for all of the emphasis areas. The student must take at least the equivalent of 18 credits in engineering courses. Students must complete a minimum of one academic year of full-time graduate level study, or its equivalent in part-time study.
In order to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. - CIE with a specific concentration or emphasis, the student is required to complete either one of the following options:
- Infrastructure and Construction Management
- Environmental Science, Engineering and Management Engineering Mechanics
Students must complete 30 credits. Students must complete all the requirements for the master’s degree, including accepted transferred credits, within six years as of the end of the first semester.
This program is offered on the Byblos campus.